Just like our popular Film Booth, Archivist Academy is our accessible and interactive introduction to social history collection and preservation.
The pilot of Archivist Academy was supported by the Mayor of London's Culture Seeds
We install a portable, temporary Multimedia Production Studio in your space and transform your beneficiaries into Community Archivists. Here, they are introduced to the tools needed to collect and preserve stories and artefacts - such as audio recorders, document scanners, gloves, and archival sleeves - as well as our video recording equipment.
Much of our understanding of ourselves in the present is based on our understanding of the past. This understanding is largely influenced by what has been written, recorded and archived. This gives great power to the individuals who assemble these records and what they deem worthy of protection. This workshop puts everyday people at the helm of documenting personal, family, local and regional histories.
ALL ENGLAND LAWN TENNIS CLUB
World-renowned landmark, Wimbledon, got in touch and asked us to help them to communicate their relevance to young people.
To do this, we invited some local young people, who had never been to the space before, to form a 'teen press team.' They became journalists for the day - discovering what goes on in the 352 days that The Championships arent on and capturing it all using creative media. From Centre Court to the Press Rooms and even the Wimbledon Museum underground Store - they had exclusive access to all areas and choose how they wanted to tell the story of this world-renowned landmark that is local to them. And they got to handle really cool things, like rackets from the 1940's, Coco Gauff's headband and even Serena Williams' trainers.
They ended the day in our Film Booth, where they created their own TV show and documented everything that they had seen and heard. Their peer-to-peer content is now on display in the onsite Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, for all visitors to enjoy.
The biggest conservation charity in Europe, National Trust, got in touch and asked us to transform an underused space in their Morden Hall Park property.
To do this, we created and delivered a collection of free creative workshops for local young people. Over the course of 6 months, a group of 15-25 year old Merton residents were engaged in a course that explored nature, local history and taught multimedia skills - including film, photography, sculpture, fine art and podcasting. Exposing young people to physical spaces, in Merton and beyond, broadening horizons and promoting a sense of belonging in the borough.
The result is It's Not Too Late - a youth-created, run and maintained community exhibition space. A unique location in the borough, where young people are being offered a space to claim as their own. Using it as a platform to express and share their voice.
We hope that the space will be enjoyed and contributed to by the over 1 million people who visit the park every year.